Democracy for America, Part 2
One month after announcing he was dropping out of the race, former presidential candidate Howard Dean made a series of official announcements about his new organization that would be known as "Democracy for America." On March 18, 2004, Governor Dean unveiled his new organization, proposing a strategy for progressive political change in the United States of America. After an initial announcement in Seattle, Howard Dean flew to San Francisco for his second official launch party. This video program documents Howard Dean's full speech in San Francisco, California, with introductions provided by Stephanie Linder and Will Easton, two members of the SF4Dean grassroots group. Standing on stage behind Governor Dean were members of Northern California regional leaders that spent the past year working for a more accountable government in the U.S.A.
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In this speech, Howard Dean re-affirms his support for Democratic nominee John Kerry, and the common goal of evicting George W. Bush from the office of the president. Howard Dean also discusses such topics as the economy, the health insurance dilemma, international diplomacy, terrorism, Iraq, homeland security, and what he sees is the biggest issue for the campaign- the lack of credibility for the Bush administration.
With the creation of a new organization entitled "Democracy for America," Howard Dean will recycle elements of his innovative campaign organization "Dean For America" to provide support for progressive-minded political candidates. As he downsizes his own organization, he admits that his new group will be a "smaller bureaucracy."
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Some key quotes from this speech:
"On George Bush's watch, this country has lost 2.3 million jobs, the first President since Herbert Hoover to have a net loss of jobs on his watch."
"George Bush doesn't think it's his job to worry about moderate-income people or low- income people working for minimum wages, he thinks it's his job to worry about the CEOs of the biggest companies in the world, making on average 531 times what an ordinary worker makes in this country."
"The men who run the Enron-style economy are not conservatives. What they are is reckless right-wingers who know nothing about managing money, and don't care about managing ours. They're taking it, and giving it to pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies.
The President never mentions that over the next 6 years, the typical American family is going to accumulate $52,000 in additional debt. He never mentions that property taxes have gone up by hundreds and thousands of dollars because he's cut education, fire, police, and homeland security. "
"The President has turned his back on the alliances that have helped protect our security abroad for sixty years. He launched a unilateral, preemptive Iraqi war, whose mission-- stability in that area and greater security for America-- remains unaccomplished. In the process he's misled our citizens about the facts, something that many Americans will not forgive. The credibility-- the biggest issue in this campaign is rapidly becoming, not jobs and not even the war in Iraq. The biggest issue in this campaign is rapidly becoming the credibility and the believability of the President of the United States."
The entire speech has been transcribed, and is available at:
Produced and directed by Eric Predoehl. Camera work by Jesse Block, David Fox, and Eric Predoehl